A Response Poem

The first poem and comment was all written by Flora Jessop. The second poem and comment are mine.

Utah’s Justice

Living out at short creek
Fearing every day
Knowing that the laws are there
Protecting adults sick ways

Knowing that he’s watching me
And waiting for a day
To pick up where he left off
The filthy games he plays

The threats and lies he uses
Are spoken by forked tongue
By every last adult in town
There is no truth, not one

My cries for help were frowned on
They said ’twas I who’d sinned
And when I was to take the stand
They said my mom’d be skinned

So now I wont be talking
Cause they locked me in this room
And now I know what he meant by,
Talking will spell your doom

Now I’m the one who’s punished
And he walks around scott free
All because he’s a chosen son
And satan’s inside me

So now you know what happens
When a child turns to the law
and cries aloud for justice
in the great state of Utah

by: Flora Jessop August 2002

Dedicated to the 5 daughters of Dan Barlow Jr. who were molested by him, their father, then punished for being brave and having the courage to tell. This event happened in Arizona, but when it comes to crimes against these children it matters not which state they are in as they will receive no help from Utah or Arizona. Barlow, who is the son of Colorado City’s Mayor, was tried and convicted in Kingman Arizona and received a sentence of 13 days and probation for his crimes.

God Sees Utah

Little ones too weak to fight

Not forgotten in His sight

God sees you behind those doors

And the muddy foot prints on the floors

You say you’re practicing divine law

That’s not what we saw

Children and women too scared to speak

A warm home is what they seek

Fleeing into the darkness from your “light”

To live they have to fight

Flora is an angel on the path

To truth and from man’s wrath

She holds out a hand to Lost Boys leaving

A dangerous path they’re weaving

You took an oath to protect

But your lies we detect

You’re unholy full of disgrace

You’re not seeking God’s face

You added to His law and took several wives

You have ruined countless lives

But God does see and He does hear

You should be living in fear

His wrath is coming

©Symanntha Renn


I don’t think anything makes me angrier then people who hurt children. This was my first response poem, I have written two or three since. I wrote this about 6 years ago.


6 thoughts on “A Response Poem

  1. Great works. Poetry is so hit or miss in the online world and you seem to have clear message about important topics. I’m glad to have found my way here.


  2. Thank you Brenda! My heart goes out to all of the little girls, and boys, in that area suffering under the FLDS. That is not how God meant us to live, and one day those men will all be held accountable for their actions.


  3. It takes courage to write about this and share it. There are so many things done in the dark, that will see the light eventually. It doesn’t stay hidden, shoved under the “rug” long. Your poem will help those too scared to speak out, giving them courage to come forward and end being victimized. A well written poem.


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